This one is about spending time with my daughter – she bought some army men as a toy after a visit to the doctor. It’s also a little bit about diversity because the package of army men was all male.
Writing about father/daughter time is easy compared to writing about… Read more
I had to laugh as I write this, the “Spousal Surcharges” title is awfully close to clickbait. The topic is health insurance and the growing trend of employers charging employees a fee if their spouse has the option to get insurance via a different employer and opts out. Read more
On Friday Thomas LaRock posted Changes to the NomCom Process on the PASS blog for comment prior to the Board voting on the changes at the March meeting. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so before reading my comments.
First, some quick background and disclosures.… Read more
For a while I’ve been wanting to do a project that used black iron pipe for the main structure. Kind of a Lego’ish appeal for grown ups, if such a thing is possible. It’s strong and not hard to work with as long as you can stick to the stock… Read more
I’ve used Windows Live Writer for almost as long as I’ve been blogging (mid 2007 or so). It’s worked well enough and I’ve liked having an offline editor. It moved to open source after years of stagnating (though it still worked well enough!) and I’ve finally moved to that version Read more
Last month I visited MagicPASS, this month I’ll be at oPASS and presenting again on my pattern for automating database restores. It’s a still evolving presentation, but one that I think engages attendees. They know how to restore, they know why, so it’s just layering some ideas on top of… Read more
I just posted Pausing PASSWatch on the PASSWatch blog, wrapping up a project that ran about 16 months. It’s hard to call it a success, based both on stopping it and not accomplishing as much as I hoped, yet I don’t see it as a failure either. I learned a… Read more
My latest question of the day on SQLServerCentral is DBCC Error 6. Text of the question below:
As the on-call DBA, you received calls of timeouts and errors on a SQL 2012 SP3 instance used for testing. You track the issue to IO requests that are taking longer than…
Design a Better SQL Server Pricing Model ran on January 21, 2016 and as you can guess from the title is about the challenges we have with the current pricing model…and how we might improve it. Nothing simple about that, from our perspective or from that of Microsoft. Ultimately it… Read more
Quick reminder that the call for speakers for Orlando Code Camp is open through Feb 6 (next week!).
This ran a couple weeks ago (Turn Out The Lights) to see if I could spark a discussion about how/when/why we might think more about costs incurred by the way we provide solutions. Based on the follow-on discussion I didn’t quite achieve that. It reminds me that there… Read more
I did my presentation on automated restores for the second time, changed a few things. It was/is a presentation with two different parts; one is about a pattern, the other is about implementing the pattern. We had a much better discussion this second time, but often about the quirks/complexities of… Read more
Late posting, so reduced notes!
- Speaker party was good. Room was loud when full due to wood walls and nothing to dampen sound.
- Finding the college was easy. Finding the building wasn’t quite so obvious. A couple more signs would help and maybe call out where to park a little…
I was interested/intrigued to see that we’ll have a Powershell Saturday on March 19th in Tampa. This will be the 10th event in the series – that’s very good progress!
I haven’t decided if I’ll attend yet. Definitely interested, but it’s a 2 hour drive, and I’ll be making that… Read more
Over the past couple of days I’ve posted several times about the Advent of Code Contest and worked my way through the first three puzzles, now I’d like to share some thoughts about how it works and what I’ve learned so far:
- The site is well done. Simple to use…
Adding to my solution for #3 part 2, I finally got it, but I paid the price for not adding the “0, 0” to the data set and just assumed I should add one. Bad assumption! Wound up being off by 1 and it took too long to figure that… Read more
Part 1 isn’t bad. Parse a string that has direction indicators and track each location you stop at. I’m trying to do one more today and running out of time, so I hurried to a solution that works, but will just suck when I get to part 2 of #3… Read more
This one gives you a 1000 rows of package dimensions. You calculate the surface area needed for wrapping paper, plus some ‘slack’ that is the area of the two smallest dimensions. The first part is easy, the second – how do you figure out the two smallest numbers when represented… Read more
It’s the ‘get your flu shot’ time of the year, which is also a good time to review your immunizations. This chart shows the suggested immunizations. As soon as I looked at it I realized I need to get an updated tetanus vaccination. The shingles vaccine is interesting. The… Read more